Washington National Cathedral has been the site of national services of great mourning and great celebration since its first service on the grounds in 1898.
President William McKinley attends the first services held on the Cathedral grounds, to dedicate the Peace Cross to mark the end of the Spanish-American War.
“Supplication for the Peace of the World” service held at the Cathedral.
Special interfaith services were held throughout the year at the Cathedral “On Behalf of a United People in Time of National Emergency.”
Memorial service for King George VI.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., preaches his last sermon during a Sunday service at the Cathedral.
The Cathedral hosts a service for peace in Vietnam held, followed by a candlelight procession of some 15,000 people to the White House. Three weeks later, Leonard Bernstein conducted the National Symphony in Haydn’s Mass in Time of War at the Cathedral; Nearly 5,000 people packed the Cathedral while an estimated 15,000 stood outside in the rain.
The Cathedral hosts a service for the Iranian hostages. In January 1981, the Cathedral held a service of Thanksgiving for their release.
On the eve of the Reagan-Gorbachev summit, American and Russian church leaders gathered at the Cathedral for a four-day prayer vigil.
President George H.W. Bush leads thousands of spectators as workers place the final stone on the Cathedral, 83 years to the day after construction began.
The Cathedral hosted an interfaith peace service and candlelight march to the White House for peace in Iraq.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu of Capetown celebrated the birth of democracy in South Africa at a Cathedral service.
President Bill Clinton led a memorial service for the victims of the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
President George W. Bush and evangelist Billy Graham lead an interfaith service following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
More than 3,000 people attended a service for peace on eve of the second Iraq war.
The Cathedral hosted a memorial service for the members of the Space Shuttle Columbia.
His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, spoke at the Cathedral.
Former President George H.W. Bush headlines a service celebrating the dedication of the World War II memorial.
The Cathedral hosted “A National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina.”
The Cathedral hosted “Strength Through Unity,” a service for the victims, families, and survivors of the earthquake in Haiti.
Funeral services were held for Dorothy Irene Height, civil rights leader and Chair Emerita of the National Council of Negro Women.
After the 2011 earthquake closed the Cathedral, the “Concert for Hope” to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks was moved to the Kennedy Center.
Funeral service was held for astronaut Neil Armstrong, first person to walk on the moon.
The Cathedral hosted a memorial service for the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the first of several Cathedral events devoted to ending gun violence.
The Cathedral bells peal in celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling recognizing same-sex marriage.
The Cathedral hosted a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela.
For the first time, the Cathedral opens its doors to Muslim Friday prayers.